Slayer at Stage AE, (Wed., 11/20/13)
1) Get back to your metal roots with one of the original modern metal bands, Slayer. The heavy guitar riffs and intense vocals come to us for a night of headbanging at Stage AE. An inspiration to bands like Slipknot, System of a Down, and Lamb of God, Slayer has been rockin’ out since the early ’80s and is considered by MTV a major influence in the death metal subculture. We’re bound to hear some older material like “Seasons in the Abyss” and maybe even “Angel of Death.” The band may even tease us with a taste of their forthcoming album, rumored to have material the late Jeff Hanneman wrote before his death earlier this year. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. 400 North Shore Dr., North Shore.
2) For Harry Potter fans who just don’t have time to read all those books or watch all those movies, you’re in luck! The Byham Theater is presenting Potted Potter—The Unauthorized Harry Experience—A Parody by Dan and Jeff. The two-man act has slightly abridged the seven Harry Potter novels into a convenient 70-minute package. Being a Harry Potter fan helps but isn’t necessary for you to laugh until your face hurts. Even parodies can be family friendly; this performance is suitable for children ages six and up, so you can make it a mid-week family night. Through Nov. 24. 7:30 p.m. 101 Sixth St., Cultural District.
3) Up-and-coming hip hop artist Jake Miller makes a stop in Pittsburgh at the Altar Bar as part of his Us Against Them Tour. Only 20 years old, the Florida native is making a splash with radio friendly tunes like “Collide” and his own remix to Flo Rida’s “Whistle.” Reaching a wide array of fans, Miller combines dubsteps, techno beats, and his acoustic guitar, creating a new twist on a familiar genre. Opening acts include Action Item and Air Dubai. 7 p.m. 1620 Penn Ave., Strip District.
4) And now for something completely different! Things will get a little nuts at the Brillobox with Pandemic, self-described as “drinking dancing stomping yelling.” The act features a DJ who plays Balkan, gypsy, and Eastern European music mixed with a dance party of strangers who quickly become friends. This Pandemic performance features the Raya Brass Band from Brooklyn, mixing Eastern European, punk, and New Orleans funk all into one ball of awesome. Tonight also features Lungs Face Feet, the brass band self-described as “yocal brassholes.” (You read that right, they said yocal.) Doors open at 8 p.m. 4104 Penn Ave., Lawrenceville.